Thursday, February 23, 2006

New bike

Work, biking and running about have filled my last couple of weeks. Fergal, John, Mel and I are (hopefully) going to partake in an Adventure Race towards the end of March so we have been doing a little bit of training. Last Friday five of us (including Alan) went for a four hour night walk over the Dublin mountains. It was very nice and the night wasn't too cold.

Another thing that I did over the last while was pick up another bike. And yes, it does have a different purpose then my other one. It's a Specialized S-Works Enduro - it is about 65% a downhill bike, but it will also ride up the hill quiet well. I've ridden it for about 200 miles at this point and it's been a lot of fun. It's easily the most fun bike I've ever ridden. You can fly down hills that I'd never think of taking a hardtail down. The component highlights (as well as a picture) are below:

The Frame - M5 Enduro FSR frame
Rear Shock - Fox DHX Air 5.0 with 150mm travel
Fork - Fox 36RC2 Talas, 110-150mm travel
Brakes - Shimano M-965 XTR, hydraulic disc, 8" XT rotor
Brake Leavers - Shimano XT
Front Derailleur - Shimano M-960 XTR
Rear Derailleur - SRAM X.0
Shift Leavers - SRAM X-0, carbon Trigger :)
Cassette - Shimano M960 XTR
Chain - XTR
Crankset - Custom Truvativ Stylo with Black Spire Stinger shift guide
Wheels - DT Swiss EX5.1 niceness :)
Tires - Specialized Enduro, 26x2.3 and Maxxis Swampthing 2.35s Super Tacky for when it's wet/loose

Today I was almost at the top of Three Rock and it started to snow. This is a photo I took before I went down Bone Shaker.

It was beautiful! (Until I hit the road decent which was freezing!)


Dave said...

Hey, what are the Fox forks like? I've heard mixed reviews, but never had a proper go on a set myself.

Ryan Sherlock said...

The forks are amazing.

They are very responsize and handle the rough stuff well. Setting up the low speed compression to reduce the bob when your off the seat hammering is a bit awkward - there is a fine line between getting it right and giving a harsh ride.

The Rear shock is great. Riding it, even over very rough stuff is like sitting on a cushion of air :) So much fun :)